VIDEO: Who killed Rikki? Mother of murdered six-year-old calls for police to reopen case
PUBLISHED: 10:29 31 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:41 31 January 2014
Nearly two decades on from what was one of the most harrowing murders in this region’s recent history the fact of the matter is that no-one has ever been convicted over the death of an innocent schoolboy.
Six-year-old Rikki Neave’s body was discovered naked and spread-eagled in woodland off Eye Road, Peterborough, in 1994.
His mother Ruth Neave was convicted by a jury of child cruelty in 1996, but cleared of his murder.
Almost 20 years on she has today broken a long silence in a bid to urge Cambridgeshire Police to reopen the case and find his killer.
She said: “I am treated as a murderer and it has to stop. I want someone to takes me seriously and help me to catch those who did murder my son. I am not going away until I get justice for Rikki.”
Rikki was reported missing on November 28, 1994, sparking a huge search by police and members of the public.
He was found dead the following day just 500 yards from his home in Welland after being strangled with a ligature.
His mother, who was married to criminal and drug abuser Dean Neave at the time, was charged with Rikki’s murder six months later, but unanimously cleared of murder by a jury. She was jailed for seven years after the court heard a catalogue of allegations of child cruelty.
• We accompany Ruth Neave back to Peterborough for the first time in 20 years to where son Rikki was murdered